Patient Blog: What You Need to Know Before and After Your Bariatric Surgery
By Tina, professional, wife, mother, and bariatric patient
Considering bariatric surgery but don’t know where to start? Don’t let fear or uncertainty hold you back from finding out if bariatric surgery is right for you. A few important things to know:
Before Your Surgery
- Do your homework! Attend an informational session to learn about bariatric surgery and the process to get there. Then work with a surgeon and staff you can trust - after doing my homework, I knew the Genesis Center for Weight Management was the BEST option for me!
- Start making positive changes by eating healthy and exercising daily. Show yourself and others that you’re ready for change and are committed to getting there.
- Have a good support system. Surround yourself with people who support you, your goals, and your desire to live a healthier life. This will be just as important to your success as your own efforts.
- Don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s the easy way out. You’ll still have to work hard and make the right choices – the surgery is a tool, not a magic wand.
- Understand that everyone’s journey is unique – and it’s a journey, not a race!
After Your Surgery
- Follow your surgeon’s orders and follow your plan. Don’t rush the process - be patient!
- Get your protein/water in each day and take your vitamins. Use a tracker or diary to log your food and exercise to stay on track.
- Celebrate your successes, whether they’re in lower numbers on the scale or NSVs (non-scale victories), such as smaller clothes, doing things you couldn’t do before, no longer needing a medication, or even just feeling more energetic and confident.
- Get involved in a support group. Whether in-person or online, find something that works for you. Statistics show that active involvement with a support group leads to long-term success. I love my support group friends – they encourage and inspire me every day!
- Take time to get to know the new person you’re becoming. You’re still “you”, but things inevitably change and sometimes it can be overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to talk to a professional if needed to help you process these feelings.
- Reflect and appreciate. Don’t forget how far you’ve come and keep your eye on the prize – a healthier body and a new lease on life!